In conversations in 1995, many made clear they were hurt and stunned by the 1990 abandonment. It was as if a family member had deserted them. But it was a family member, a wealthy one, they still loved and were certain would return. Once again, they were awaiting deliverance by the U.S. And the Marines did return in 1996, almost 3,000 again in ships visible from Monrovia. But once again only a few hundred Marines helicoptered in. They fought off an attack on the U.S. embassy compound and evacuated several hundred people and, as in 1990, left.